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There are some wonderful people in Lonehill who, on a completely volunteer basis, take care of healthy populations of feral cats, bunnies, goats, dogs etc.  They sometimes share their tales with the Lonehill Community on this Lonehill Animal Welfare News website as they depend on the public for support, donations, volunteering and sharing in their good and not so good news sometimes.
If you have any articles and photos about animal welfare to share with the Lonehill Community, you can contact the webmaster to submit such articles and photos by Tuesday at 12:00 noon.  In the LRA newsletter a link is published weekly to this independent website.  Articles can be any length and photos any size.

CAROLE’S CAT CHRONICLES 4 MAY 2021

LEAPING FROG CATS

One of the volunteers took this lovely shot of BOY and I would like to share it together with two more pictures of TABBY GIRL, and SNOWY. Tabby girl lives in the middle of the shopping centre with three other cats. They have formed a separate colony away from Boy and Snowy. Snowy has been around for only about 5 months. He appeared out of nowhere and is not really accepted by the other cats.

Colonies are notoriously well known for chasing away outsiders. I don’t know if this is a lost or abandoned cat. The ears do not appear to be clipped which indicates a sterilized feral. I feel very sorry for him as he may once have had a home. I wrote about him some months back and put a picture in the Chronicles. No one has reported this cat missing and no one has claimed him. We are feeding him but he doesn’t always show up on a regular basis.

Boy
Tabby Girl
Snowy

DONATIONS

I was happy to see some food donations at Vet to Pet in the red bin last week. As well as pellets, Ultra Cat and Royal Canin, there was also a tin of pilchards and a pouch of soft food (these have been eaten already). The cats love these treats!  All donations are so welcome, especially during winter as the cold weather means hungry cats. Thank you to those of you who donated.

VOLUNTEERS

I am fortunate to have a group of ladies who help me feed our homeless cats once a day.  Each volunteer has a dedicated day.  Even so, I am still looking for an additional person to help with feeding one day a week. If you can help me, please give me a call at 082 424 2363.  I will supply the food.  

FINANCIAL DONATIONS

If you would like to make a once off donation, or a monthly donation, here are the banking details:

STANDARD BANK
FOURWAYS CROSSING
A/C 204949270
MRS C. BARRETO
Homeless cat Project
Please use your name as a reference

Carole
0824242363
caroledike@gmail.com

FERAL CATS, RESCUES AND OTHERS 4 MAY 021

On Saturday whilst trying to juggle with a feral kitten in one hand and 2 tame domestic kittens in the other I managed drop my phone face down onto the concrete paving – smashed to smithereens! I got a new phone yesterday but to date have no idea how it works and I appear to have lost a lot of information and photos.

So, this week just a few photos of available kitties tho’ many of those featured in previous weeks are also still available.

Dove, female, 6 weeks old.

Pepsi, female, 9 weeks old.

Davey, male, 12 weeks old tho’ very small and petite but healthy.

Melnik, male, teenager of 5 months

Amelia, female, teenager of 5 months.

 

ADOPTIONS:

Approved adoption applications and home checks apply.
Our adoption fee of R850 covers 1st vacs and boosters as well as 1st rabies, deworming, deflea, and sterilization when done by one of our nominated Vets.

FOOD DONATIONS:

Thank you to all those who have put food donations into our bin just inside the doors of our local Pick’nPay and to those handed in to Terri of Biz-X-Press.

FINANCIAL DONATIONS TO:
J David Cats Galore
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
Cheque a/c no. 002982846
Ben. Ref: “CG + cell number”

Proof of payments to either: Judy 083 611 1333 or judy.e.david@gmail.com

Judy
Judy.e.david@gmail.com

FERAL CATS, RESCUES AND OTHERS 27 APRIL 2021

GENERAL: Velvet our gorgeous, playful tuxi female has now been happily homed, see photo.

Previously featured Demi and Bagheera are going to their new homes this coming weekend and Denim (the last of Silk’s litter) is being flown to Cape Town we hope next week.

Acona our now 5 month old fluffy female tortie is still available and she will be spayed shortly so homed with all vacs, rabies and sterilisation having been done.

I would love to find a foster home for Sunshine, our ginger male teenager, who has ongoing rhinitis or snuffles and congestion. He is about 9 months old, now neutered and vaccinated but in order to improve health-wise he needs to be an only cat alternatively with a cat who has been vaccinated and never had snuffles. Sunshine loves human company and would make a great companion. I would foot his vet bills going forward for anything related to his current health problems and if in foster care I would supply all meds and food. If I can found a foster home for him in the Fourways area close to me it would enable me to get him to a Vet for more tests to be done but I also believe if he is away from the other cats in the shelter he has a better chance of recovering fully.

Acona, kitten of a few weeks
5 month old Acona, female tortie
Sunshine, improving

We still have several kittens of nearly 8 weeks of age, several teenagers and many adult cats all up for adoption, both sexes, every colour and size and all rescues wanting a forever home.

ADOPTIONS:

Approved adoption applications and home checks apply.
Our adoption fee of R850 covers 1st vacs and boosters as well as 1st rabies, deworming, deflea, and sterilization when done by one of our nominated Vets.

FOOD DONATIONS:

Thank you to all those who have put food donations into our bin just inside the doors of our local Pick’nPay and to those handed in to Terri of Biz-X-Press.

FINANCIAL DONATIONS TO:
J David Cats Galore
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
Cheque a/c no. 002982846
Ben. Ref: “CG + cell number”

Proof of payments to either: Judy 083 611 1333 or judy.e.david@gmail.com

Judy
Judy.e.david@gmail.com

CAROLE’S CAT CHRONICLES 20APRIL 2021

LAST MAJOR CLEAN UP BEFORE WINTER ARRIVES.

Cleaning up the area where our cats live.  The amount of leaves and rubbish was enormous.  The Council should really be doing this.  Instead my trusty gardener helped me. 

Clean Up
Clean Up
Trusty gardener
Taken away

CAT’S GARDEN AREA
Me and the volunteers created this “garden area” for the cats. We cordoned off the area with shade netting and laid fake grass on top of the concrete floor. We also put pot plants, an igloo, and a table with benches. They love this spot and it is their “safe place” .It is tucked away from the boxing gym and against the retaining wall. This picture was taken after cleaning up all the debris that the wind brings, on a regular basis. So every so often we sweep up leaves, plastic bags, plastic bottles, etc mostly left behind by people who are gyming, or thrown over the perimeter wall.

The volunteers planted indigenous plants into the pots. Thank you Sandra and Sue. You will also see a scrubbing brush attached sideways to the legs of the bench. My husband put up two, one is on the other side of the bench. The cats love to brush their whiskers against the bristles. Cleo in the background is seen more often doing this, she really enjoys the sensation.

The Garden Area
Scrubbing Brush
Plants

 

DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS

Food donations have been very low this week. Just a reminder I have a red collection bin at VET TO PET, LONEHILL. With cold weather on its way our homeless cats eat more than during summer time.

There are now 15 cats that wait each late afternoon, for their one meal a day. I am lucky to have 18 volunteers who help me with the feeding programme. Each volunteer has one day a week to feed. The group of cats are split up into four areas. They are not all together. It’s a logistical nightmare trying to keep up with each volunteer and the four areas of feeding. I am very fortunate to have a couple of volunteers who help me with the rosters. 

We also have a WhatsApp group on our phones so that we can all keep in touch. This works very well, in the event a cat is missing or not looking well we can let everyone know. Also if someone can’t do their shift, they can liaise with the group to swop days.

Every so often a volunteer has to leave due to relocating or ill health. Presently I am looking for an extra pair of hands. If you would like to help and have time once a week to feed our cats, please contact me on 0824242363

You will NOT be feeding 15 cats. The groups are broken up as follows: 3 cats at the recently opened boxing gym, by the car wash. 4 cats in the middle of the centre where the Koi and bird pet shop used to be. This is behind the Chinese take away. Then there is another group that live behind the centre at the very back of Checkers delivery area.

PRESENTLY I AM LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO FEED THE 3 CATS THAT LIVE BY THE CAR WASH BY THE NEW BOXING GYM. These 3 cats are now about 12 years old, very friendly and enjoy the company of volunteers. They are Sandy, Cleo and Boy. Two females and one boy.

Carole
0824242363
caroledike@gmail.com

Cleo, Sandy, Boy
Boy
Cleo and Sandy

FERAL CATS, RESCUES AND OTHER 20 APRIL 2021

Vet Bills: These so far for this month have been well over R10,000 and we still have another 10 days to go.

With nearly 100 cats/kittens at the shelter, yesterday’s count was 96 and I am sure I have missed out a few, obviously the Vet bills are on-going and many of them are not accounted for being emergencies. Altho we are a NPO we are still, after 3 years, struggling to get our PBO status which would allow us to issue 18A tax certificates which can be set off against donors tax. Currently with COVID everything has slowed down with SARS.

New in-takes and adoptions: In the current month we have adopted out some 8 kittens with a few more adoptions to be completed and homechecks to be done, and only 1 adult so far but with another 2 or 3 on the go. Unfortunately as we adopt out so do we take-in and have taken in at least 10 kittens/adults so far this month. We have 2 tame domestic kittens of 3 or 4 months of age just dumped a few days ago at one of our feed stations. We plan to pick them up later today as the resident feral colony are fighting with them.

Kittens up for adoption: It is obviously impossible to feature all 100 cats here but we can give you just a teaser. Featured in the photos we have Dharma, female, whose 2 brothers look very similar in colouring, their mother Donna, a very young Mom, is also available. Bagheera, female, fluffy black and white whose 2 siblings are pure black, Baloo featured here and Akela. Cola, female Tortie whose male sibling, Oros, the last of our ginger kittens, is in the video clip. Obviously we have many more kittens up to the age of a few months and of both sexes and various colours. For information on any one particular kitten such as age and personality kindly contact me. Then of course we have all our adult cats, most of whom are also available for adoption. Come and visit us at the shelter in Hennopsriver and interact with them.

Dharma, female
Bagheera, female
Play Video

Oros at play

ADOPTIONS:

Approved adoption applications and home checks apply.
Our adoption fee of R850 covers 1st vacs and boosters as well as 1st rabies, deworming, deflea, and sterilization when done by one of our nominated Vets.

FOOD DONATIONS:

Thank you to all those who have put food donations into our bin just inside the doors of our local Pick’nPay and to those handed in to Terri of Biz-X-Press.

FINANCIAL DONATIONS TO:
J David Cats Galore
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
Cheque a/c no. 002982846
Ben. Ref: “CG + cell number”

Proof of payments to either: Judy 083 611 1333 or judy.e.david@gmail.com

Judy
Judy.e.david@gmail.com

FERAL CATS, RESCUES AND OTHER 13 APRIL 2021

MARS:

A kitten from a mother of only about 5 months of age passed away on Sunday night, may he fly free with the butterflies. He was only 3 weeks old and still suckling from Mom. It was totally unexpected and of no specific known cause. The Vets say it was Fading Kitten Syndrome.

VELVET:

his adorable little Tuxi is the last in her litter of 5 still looking for her forever home. Even her mother, Silk, has found a home. I think adopters always felt sorry for her siblings as Velvet was always the most playful and energetic little girl, now 12 weeks old. She has stunning markings with a cute black button nose. She is adventurous and outgoing and loves cuddles. She would do well as a single cat if there is a lot of human interaction but also gets on well with other kittens and adult cats. She is FIV/FeLV negative and had both her vaccinations and rabies injections.

FOUND CAT:

Does anyone recognise this young female cat? She is quite petite and possibly a maximum of 3 years of age. She appeared in an office complex near the Fourways Mall around April 2020 at the beginning of lockdown. She has been checked out by a Vet and we found she was already spayed so obviously cared for at some stage. Please contact me if you recognise her as she is definitely a domestic stray.

ADOPTIONS:

Approved adoption applications and home checks apply.
Our adoption fee of R850 covers 1st vacs and boosters as well as 1st rabies, deworming, deflea, and sterilization when done by one of our nominated Vets.

FOOD DONATIONS:

Thank you to all those who have put food donations into our bin just inside the doors of our local Pick’nPay and to those handed in to Terri of Biz-X-Press.

FINANCIAL DONATIONS TO:
J David Cats Galore
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
Cheque a/c no. 002982846
Ben. Ref: “CG + cell number”

Proof of payments to either: Judy 083 611 1333 or judy.e.david@gmail.com

Judy
Judy.e.david@gmail.com

CAROLE’S CAT CHRONICLES 13 APRIL 2021

LEAPING FROG CATS

This little group of three cats have lived together for more than 10 years.  When I started out feeding this group there were 15 cats.  The harsh life of homeless cats has taken its toll and all the others have since passed away.  Whenever I go to feed them I put down the blue picnic blanket.  These cats are amazing, they recognise the blanket and know the food is coming.  They all sit patiently on the blanket waiting.  ( see pic of Boy ).

DONATIONS

Last week I collected this donated packet of LOKUNO cat food.  I am not familiar with this brand but am going to get feedback from the cats and let you know if its a winner.  There was also a packet of EPOL.  Unfortunately the cats don’t seem to like Epol.  May be if I mix it in with other brands they might deign to eat it.  I have created a family of fussy cats!!!  I use Hills, Royal Canin, Iams and Whiskas, to name the most popular brands. 

IGLOOS

Last Saturday me and my gardener went to clean inside the igloos getting ready for winter, a sort of Autumn spring clean. For the summer months I had put in offcuts of carpeting.  When the weather turns colder I add winter blankets.  

VOLUNTEERS

I am still looking for another volunteer to join our team of ladies who feed the homeless cats once a day.  It is one day a week about 5pm and I do supply the food. It only takes half an hour.  If you are able to help, please contact me on 0824242363.

 “All food donations can be left at VET TO PET in Lonehill”  If you would like to make a monetary donation here are the banking details:  

Homeless Cat Project. 

Fourways CrossingStandard Bank,

 A/c 204949270.

 Mrs CM Barreto 

CAROLE’S CAT CHRONICLES 6 APRIL 2021

Easter holidays are over, but I took the pics below during the holidays.

Sandy and Cutie Pie enjoying a nap during this quiet period at the Leaping Frog centre. Not many people around so they can rest up from the usual busy, noisy centre. The boxing gym, which is usually quite busy with cars and people, has been closed over the holiday making the area even more peaceful.

DONATIONS

I received a donation of two lovely soft cat baskets, with a fleecy blanket and a bag of Feline Cuisine. Thank you to whoever dropped these off at Vet to Pet in Lonehill.

VOLUNTEERS

Last time I sent out a message asking if anyone could join our small group of volunteers. It involves feeding one afternoon a week and the food Is supplied by me. It only takes half an hour and it is helping ensure these cats get one meal a day. Each volunteer has a dedicated day and I am lucky to have a group of caring ladies who have been doing this for quite a while. Every now and then a volunteer moves away from the area and this leaves a gap which I need to fill. If you are able to help please contact me on 082 424 2363.

Carole
caroledike@gmail.com